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London Cocktail Week: the highlights

Here's our picks of the best bits from London Cocktail Week so you can concentrate on the drinking

London Cocktail Week 2018

London Cocktail Week is back! From October 3, the capital's best bars, mixologists and drinks vendors will open their doors or take up home in the Cocktail Village at the Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, giving you the chance to try some of the finest potions, tipples and cocktails in London

All you need to take advantage of this five-day celebration (October 3-7 2018, various London) is to purchase a £10 festival pass with Time Out and download the DrinkUp.London app to activate it. This year, there are also VIP packages available. Then you get to raise a glass at all the bars and restaurants around the city that are taking part, or down in the Cocktail Village itself. 

Fear not, however, if you're feeling overwhelmed by the choice of things to do during London Cocktail Week. Below we've plucked out a few of our favourite London bars participating in this year's activities. Cheers! 

Info, tickets and events

Pop-up bars from around the world you won’t want to miss during London Cocktail Week
Bars and pubs

Pop-up bars from around the world you won’t want to miss during London Cocktail Week

No need to pack your passport

New York’s best bar The Dead Rabbit is popping up in London
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New York’s best bar The Dead Rabbit is popping up in London

It’s Irish coffee o’clock

This top Paris bar is coming to London for two days only
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This top Paris bar is coming to London for two days only

Say ‘bonjour’ to posh French tipples

The Light House by London Essence Company

The Light House by London Essence Company

Light, bright cocktails and dazzling lights

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This ‘tini’ martini bar will be filled with little things – including a pygmy goat
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This ‘tini’ martini bar will be filled with little things – including a pygmy goat

No, we’re not kidding

Live your best life at a four-floor townhouse dedicated to porn star martinis
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Live your best life at a four-floor townhouse dedicated to porn star martinis

A sensory experience spread across four floors 

The best London Cocktail Week bars

Bar Elba
Bars and pubs Book online

Bar Elba

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Bar Three
Bars and pubs

Bar Three

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Black Rock
Bars and pubs Book online

Black Rock

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Booking Office
Bars and pubs Buy tickets

Booking Office

Venue says: “To celebrate the Spice Girls reunion, we've launched our exclusive Re-spiced Cocktail menu, here, at the home of the iconic 'Wannabe' video!”

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Buy
Canova Hall
Bars and pubs Book online

Canova Hall

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Dirty Bones
Restaurants Book online

Dirty Bones

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Discount Suit Company
Bars and pubs

Discount Suit Company

Time Out says
3 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
East London Liquor Company
Bars and pubs Book online

East London Liquor Company

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
The Escapologist
Bars and pubs Book online

The Escapologist

Venue says: “Two-for-one on cocktails, Peroni Rossa, glasses of house wine and prosecco every day from 5-7pm.”

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Every Cloud
Bars and pubs

Every Cloud

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Flight Club Bloomsbury
Bars and pubs Buy tickets

Flight Club Bloomsbury

Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Buy
Fontaine's
Bars and pubs Buy tickets

Fontaine's

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Buy
GinTonica
Bars and pubs Book online

GinTonica

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar
Bars and pubs Book online

Hawksmoor Spitalfields Bar

Time Out says
5 out of 5 stars
Users say
4 out of 5 stars
Book online
The Library Bar at The Ned
Bars and pubs

The Library Bar at The Ned

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Little Bat Bar
Bars and pubs Book online

Little Bat Bar

Time Out says
4 out of 5 stars
Users say
5 out of 5 stars
Book online
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Bars and pubs

London’s best Negronis

The best prosecco cocktails in London for when you’re feeling fancy
Bars and pubs

The best prosecco cocktails in London for when you’re feeling fancy

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Bars and pubs

The best slushie cocktails in London

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Eight London cocktails you must try